Tasty Travels: Apple Pie, USA

They say there is no dish as American as apple pie. This fruit-filled pastry has been a staple to the American culture for so long. While the process may be basic, there are many extra ingredients and variations out there that keep the dish so distinct and fresh to many different households.
But where did the apple pie come from? You’d be surprised to know that the fruit didn’t actually originate on US soil. It actually originated in Asia before being spread to Europe where they then spread it to the west. The recipe itself wasn’t fully American either, as the Europeans themselves had evidence of creating pies with apples long before the US did. So what made the apple pie such an icon in American culture? Popularity. This sweet fruit-filled crust was the go-to dessert for many homes in the country and has become synonymous with all-American dining.
So how does one make an apple pie? All you need is some butter, white sugar, a pie crust, a pinch of salt, some cinnamon (optional), and some fresh apples (obviously). Peel, core, and cut the apples into cubes or slices, depending on how you want to bake your pie. Cook them for a bit on a skillet with butter and sugar to soften them if you’d like. Then it's as simple as filling the middle of your crust, putting an extra pie layer to cover the whole thing and popping it into the oven. Let the juicy flavors of the apple and the golden brown crisp of the crust fill your mouth and take your tastebuds on a flavorful adventure.